Dodgers Dugout: Should Kenley Jansen be the closer?

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and we find ourselves in some sort of repeating time loop.

For a couple of seasons now, Dodger fans have watched Kenley Jansen come into games and often struggle to get the save. Sometimes he looks like the Jansen of old, perhaps with a little less velocity (He was named reliever of the month in August last year). But sometimes he comes in, his velocity is down, his ball doesn’t move, and you can hear Dodger fans everywhere shouting “Get him out of the game!”


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That happened on Wednesday, in the finale of a seven-game trip. Jansen came in to protect a 3-2 lead and didn’t have it. His first two pitches to Matt Chapman were 90 mph, and Chapman hit the second one into center for a single. Seth Brown walked on five pitches, with only one topping 90, and barely that at 91. Tony Kemp took two cutters at 88 mph (and they didn’t cut that much), before successfully bunting an 87-mph cutter to advance the runners. Elvis Andrus, who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat this season, hit a sacrifice fly to center. Lead over, save blown. Dodgers lose…

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